Employees are getting more tech-savvy, especially in terms of mobile devices. But this doesn’t mean that IT managers should underrate the need for a software implementation that fulfills the needs of the organization, and not just a cheap rip-off. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
Corporations are witnessing the “Consumerization of IT“. A business manager buys access to cloud just because the IT department is too slow to wait for and he urgently needs to store common documents for his staff to access. So, that means unless the in-house team can respond quickly to requests, employees are going to find their own solutions outside regular norms in order to keep work up.
One of the primary effects of the consumer mobile and Internet explosion is that corporate users know that software can be easy to use, intuitive and accessible. They are also aware that their company’s software and IT support can be difficult and time-taking at times. And with more and more technology opening up for consumers, employees know it doesn’t have to be like this. Continue reading →
According to a recent survey by mHealth Alliance, the doctor to patient ratio is 1:250,000 in developing countries. But it’s also interesting to know that the same countries account for more than 80% of the 5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide.
If a person has a mobile phone, it means he has access to information. Access to mobile phone can mean better access to health information and improved well-being in these countries. One example of how mobile phones are making an impact in promoting health is with the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action partnership that “has developed free, adaptable messages informed by experts in maternal, newborn and child health” that are being used and downloaded by 161 organizations in 54 nations around the world. [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading →
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, hospitals have increasingly been reducing costs to combat Medicare cuts and healthcare reform. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
The trend of hospital outsourcing is on the rise but experts believe this trend will not persist in the long-run. Adam Higman, Vice President, at Soyring Consulting comments, “The driver is the cuts in reimbursement. [Hospitals] know they have to be more efficient and have to save money. That’s helping drive [outsourcing] decisions.”
Hospitals have been assessing options in outsourcing their various functions such as IT and clinical services. The article: Healthcare IT Outsourcing Demands Are On The Rise, states that the healthcare IT outsourcing segment is witnessing continued growth and is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent, to reach $50.4 billion by 2018 from $35 billion in 2013. Continue reading →
In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a part of the Recovery Act, created the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs to promote the adoption of EHRs in support of the ultimate goals of improving the quality of patient care and reducing health costs. Through this program, eligible hospitals and doctors earn incentives by demonstrating “meaningful use” of certified technology, which means that health care providers use EHRs in ways that improve care and lower costs. Examples of “meaningful use” include electronic prescribing of medications and ensuring patients have access to their digital records.
The following infographic created by the ONC illustrates the progress made in the nation’s transition to health IT since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009. [twitter.com/healthitplus]
According to a report from eMarketer, mHealth and mFitness apps account for more than one-quarter of all app users on a regular basis. The report was released on October 1, 2013.
The business of mHealth market is booming tremendously. Thanks to hundreds of start-ups developing mHealth applications and pushing them to world’s major app stores. Due to an exponential growth, there’s much at stake to capitalize in this market.
The global mHealth market is estimated to be valued at $20.7 billion by 2018 from $6.6 billion in 2013 – an astonishing growth rate of over 300 percent over the next five years. Continue reading →
Year end recap of the 20 most Insightful healthcare technology Infographics of 2012 highlighting the growing utilizations of infographics in healthcare.
2012 saw the rise of the healthcare technology industry utilizing infographic data visualizations to display complex information, improve reader retention (adult ADD is real), and increase engagement. As we close the year of 2012, here is a look back at some of the best healthcare technology infographics created this year.
1. Meaningful Use The Stats
Greenway Medical Infographic Provides A Visual Overview Of Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program Payments, Registration, And Attestations. Continue reading →
FDA Releases Its Regulation Plans On Mobile Health Apps
Mobile health developers have been waiting for more than two years to get some clarity on how and what the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to regulate regarding mHealth apps. FDA has finally released its final guidelines after more than two years of issuing its draft guidance. Read moreContinue reading →